Hope you all had a great weekend! We launched our Christmas shopping and got a fair amount accomplished. No waiting until the last minute this year.
I started a new project on the Featherweight, and I have really been enjoying getting reacquainted with that little machine. There are a few tips that I am discovering along the way that are giving my piecing much better results.
As you see in the photo above, I am holding onto the top and bobbin threads as I begin to sew. I also will put the needle in the down position for that first stitch, and I am not getting any scrambled threads or having the needle become unthreaded as I start my stitching. A reader mentioned a week or so ago that she learned that tip in Home Ec class ages ago, and I agree, it is a golden nugget of advice. Hold those threads just when you start stitching.
I am making some little log cabin blocks (more on that tomorrow), and my first block came out a bit oversized. I have a tip that I got from Kim Diehl, which is making all the difference. Do you see in the photo above that my last pin is horizontal? The is preventing the strip from flaring out or fishtailing. It is holding the little strip exactly where it needs to be. Pinning. I love to pin.
A second thing I have been experimenting with is the seam allowance. I was just going by the quarter inch foot on the Featherweight, and my strips were always just a skosh too short, which meant fudging with that bottom layer. I didn't like that. I tried making my seam allowance just a hair (and I do mean a hair) wider than the presser foot. My goodness, once I did that consistently, each strip fit perfectly. So check your seam allowance if your piecing isn't coming out perfectly accurate. A tiny adjustment could make all the difference.
Here is a close up of the stitching I am getting on the Featherweight. I think it is pretty darn good. No skipped stitches ever since I put in a Singer brand needle.
See you tomorrow!